Looking back – Online summer universities 2020

Nov 5, 2020 by

The year 2020 has confronted us all with new challenges and has impacted wide areas of our lives. Hovewer, it has also opened up the view for new possibilities – especially new solutions enabled by technology and digitalization, with new ways of socializing, entertaining, teaching, learning and working.

Digital formats grant access to a wide audience of interested people, without geographical or time related constraints - which also our summer universities could take advantage of!

Our 3-week summer programmes GBS and AEMS were completely adapted to fit the demands of the new formats and comprised self-study periods with on-demand lectures, as well as different live-formats:

For Green.Building.Solutions., 28 students and professionals from 20 nations and 9 timezones participated in live-sessions with experts from the fields of construction, architecture and urban planning. They deepened their knowledge via virtual excursions and live building-tours, as well as the interdisciplinary group project work, where they designed either a student dorm or a university building according to the principles of the "Historical Plus Energy District" for the Otto Wagner Area in Vienna.

Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems welcomed 36 particpants from 17 nations and 5 timezones to dive into the complex interconnections between the economic and financial systems and their importance in stabilising the world climate at 1.5°C. The progamme included live-sessions with discussions, workshops and simulations with renowned experts, and concluded with a final „changemaker“ group project, which you can read about in our blog.

Next year, both programmes will take place again:
AEMS - from 19 July to 6 August 2021
GBS - from 17 July to 8 August 2021  

To learn more about GBS and AEMS 2020, have a look at our frehsly published final reports by clicking on the respective image below: